Definition of reading frame in English:

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reading frame


The grouping of three successive bases in a sequence of DNA that constitutes the codons for the amino acids encoded by the DNA.
Example sentences
  • Analysis of the nucleotide sequence identifies an open reading frame of 1882 codons, interrupted by one putative intron.
  • The alignment exhibited an insertion of 11 consecutive codons after the first 2 codons in the reading frame of the S gene.
  • Proteins encoded in overlapping reading frames from the same nucleotides have different levels of amino acid variation.

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